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Agriculture has a key role in making India a $5 trillion economy: Telangana Governor

ANN | Hyderabad | 08 Jan 2020

Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajn on Tuesday said that agriculture has a key role to play in helping the country achieve its goal of becoming a USD five trillion economy and highlighted the role of research in strengthening the agriculture production and efforts made towards achieving the goal of doubling the farmers’ income set by the Prime Minister of India by 2022.

She was speaking at the inauguration of 110th Foundation Course for Agriculture Research Service at the city-based National Academy of Agricultural Research Management (NAARM) here, according to an official release.

A total of 135 ARS Probationers representing 28 ARS disciplines and 22 states are undergoing the foundation course during the next three months in three phases. There are 58 female probationers and 77 male probationers.

She stressed the need for innovation in agriculture sector and added that there was a need to strengthen agricultural education and research.

She said, “Innovative approaches need to be adopted for enhancing the livelihoods, food and nutrition security in the context of climate change, emergence of new pests and diseases etc”. 

“Every scientist should strive to double the income of farmers. There are enormous opportunities in the agricultural sector,” she added.

Dr Ch Srinivasa Rao, Director, ICAR-NAARM also addressed the probationers and said, “There is a huge responsibility on these new probationers to help the nation in sustaining this production by overcoming the latest challenges due to climate change”.